Lifeline christian ministries - ministering to the children in haiti

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  • 1. Having trouble viewing this email?Click here There's a lot of excitement, as we minister to the children in Haiti: the new children's home is nearing completion, education reforms are improving student scores, church & school renovations provide better learning environments, and much, much more! Thank you for your prayers and partnership to make all this happen because together, we are changing the lives of these precious children! Keep reading to see how you are restoring hope to the children in Haiti... The Lovelink Choucoon (Hut) by Gretchen DeVoe, Lifeline Co-Founder Thanks to donations from four individuals who file:///C|/Users/Cheryl/Documents/Slide%20Share%20Documents/render.htm[8/20/2014 10:38:10 AM]
  • 2. responded to our plea for funds earlier this summer, we were able to give the Lovelink Hut (choucoon) a new covering of "Pi" (a type of native grown grass that We continue to be is used in grass-roofs) earlier this summer. grateful to God and to our generous donors This structure, built nearly 12 years ago, is used for for helping us maintain gathering the children to meet their visiting sponsors, this much-needed and sponsor gift distribution, church activities, church much-used gathering place! youth rallies and special events, food distribution, and, most recently, was "home" to our Intervention classes, that were initiated this past year to help students in our school who were not progressing well academically. On the night of the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, the choucoon became a triage and emergency center for treating the many victims of the quake. I treated a little 15 month old boy who was brought with his arm amputated just below the elbow. The only thing I could find to treat this little guy was gauze and duct tape, but it did the job! He was later taken to the U.S.S. Bataan naval vessel for more surgery. (He lost his mama in the earthquake too.) For days following the earthquake, local health care workers came from the damaged government hospital to work with our nurses and medical staff, and set up clinic in this Choucoon. Thus the Choucoon has served us well and deserved a fix up! Thank you! The New Grand-Goave Children's Home: Almost Ready for the Kids! The work and move-in preparation for the new Children's Home on our Grand Goave campus are progressing rapidly, though there is MUCH remaining to be done: Bob DeVoe will be heading back to Haiti on August 29 for the next steps, and then the Men's Work Team in September will be focusing on final work. We had been striving to get the Home completed before school starts September 8. This is not going to happen but it won't be long after that. Thanks to recent additional financial contributions, we are close to having all the funds needed to complete everything! Still to be completed are ceilings, electrical wiring, final plumbing, masonry, concrete and floor tile finishes, carpentry to install cabinets, file:///C|/Users/Cheryl/Documents/Slide%20Share%20Documents/render.htm[8/20/2014 10:38:10 AM]
  • 3. shelving, door thresholds, we need to make beds in our welding shop, install the kitchen/laundry equipment, furniture, install the playground, and complete the grading and landscaping. Note that funding of $9,500 is still needed for making 76 beds. God has opened a door, in answer to many prayers, and a wonderful Haitian couple has been chosen to become the new directors/house parents. Pierre Fevrier, his wife Magdala, with their 3 children and 3 foster children, will be moving in ahead of the kiddies who will be our first residents. Pierre is a local police officer with over ten years of experience and will add a new layer of security to the campus as well. (see middle photo) In July, Jan Lefebvre (Newberg, Oregon) came to Haiti and brought with her quilts that many ladies have been making for over a year, in anticipation of the children moving in. (see bottom photo) Thanks to those precious ladies, the children will be wrapped in love! Would you continue to pray for: The building/work to be completed. The preparing of the hearts and minds of the children as they move in. The Fevrier Family as they prepare to take on this new career of raising 76 children who need their love and guidance. Additional House Staff that will be hired (housekeepers, cooks, maintenance workers). Funding for on-going operations. New sponsors needed for the children (each child require to be sponsored by 5 sponsors to help meet the on-going expenses to raise the children; contact Lovelink@Lifeline.org if you would like to sponsor one of these children! - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - file:///C|/Users/Cheryl/Documents/Slide%20Share%20Documents/render.htm[8/20/2014 10:38:10 AM]
  • 4. The tentative date for the Children's Home dedication is October 23! We still have openings for anyone who would like to be in Haiti for this special date; contact Gretchen@Lifeline.org for more details. Improving Schools: Spiritually, Academically, and Physically In early 2013, as part of our vision to take our schools in Haiti to Higher Ground spiritually, academically and physically, we called together a group of supporters who are formal educators to help us develop our plan and strategy. This core of volunteers became our Education Task Force. Headed up by Julia Keener, along with the help of Martha Menefee-Walker, this program has taken off and we have seen the results of answered prayers and hard work. One of the first things they established was an intervention class to target the 6th grade students who had not passed their national exams in June 2013, and had to repeat that grade. For students struggling in specific academic areas in the other grades, daily small group work sessions were provided by a second intervention teacher, rotating students in and out according to needs. Additionally they began a reading program and were able, along with Karen Lydick, to get the Grand Goave library operational for teachers to have access to books to read to their classes, which enhanced their teaching of the Haitian curriculum as well as provided the students with exposure to literature. Finally, several teacher in-services fortified the teachers' understanding of lesson planning, the importance of tracking student progress, building critical thinking skills, second language acquisition, classroom management, effective use of books in the classroom, and peer learning, among other topics. Their hard work HAS paid off: Julia writes the following update which we are all celebrating: "The scores for the 6th grade exam are in. This year (2013-2014): 96 of 111 students file:///C|/Users/Cheryl/Documents/Slide%20Share%20Documents/render.htm[8/20/2014 10:38:10 AM]
  • 5. passed = 86.5% passed Last year (2012-2013): 84 of 104 passed = 80.7% passed AND, of the 12 students in the 6th grade intervention class, 11 of the 12 passed! These were students who failed the first time around, in June 2013. Hallelujah for this, too! Now they can move on to 7th grade and continue their education." Thank you to Julia and Martha for their vision, persistence, hard work, time and effort! We are just getting started and are eager to see what God will do in the lives of these children in the ensuing years. One day we hope to have our Grand Goave Christian School be a model for others. Already the overall scores exceed the national and local averages. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Please pray: It is our vision, hope, and prayer to open 7th grade in the fall of 2015 at Grand Goave Christian School. This will take lots of financial resources, additional, staff, etc. Blessings come to Deuxieme Plaine and Laregal Christian Churches and Schools In 2013, The Creek (Christian Church, Indianapolis, Indiana) came alongside Lifeline and, in harmony with their vision to partner with the communities of Vieux Cayes, Laregal and Deuxieme Plaine, they committed to help these schools and churches get face-lifts and new much-needed facilities. As a result of their generosity, Vieux Cayes Christian Church (which is also used for school classrooms) received new walls, classroom upgrades, and new roofs! A growing high school aged program within the church now has quality facilities to gather, praise, and learn. This is a mountain community that sustained much loss during the earthquake and is now mostly rebuilt! Accessible only by four wheel drive or foot, visitors go up the mountain to worship and get a stunning view of the bay and the sprawling town of Grand Goave, thousands of feet below. Extending their reach to the Laregal Community, which is only accessible by foot and all construction file:///C|/Users/Cheryl/Documents/Slide%20Share%20Documents/render.htm[8/20/2014 10:38:10 AM]
  • 6. materials must be hand carried about 1 hour up the mountain, The Creek has impacted hundreds of students, newly married couples, and worshipers in the community. Additions and renovations include: building cement steps to the church from the school, new kitchen and storage room, rest rooms, and still pending is installation of potable water. This is the community wherein nearly 50 couples have married in the last 2 years and The Creek has provided homes for a number of these needy newlyweds and their families. Going back down the mountain to Deuxieme Plaine, the transition that awaits your eyes is amazing: a completely new façade that includes a new drainage ditch, new classrooms and classroom renovations, the main church floor was replaced, new walls, renovated restrooms, and a complete new roof system for the church and classrooms. Now, on top of all this, Discover Christian Church (Dublin, Ohio) funded a full-sized basketball court for the Deuxieme Plaine school and community and the Laregal students and community will also make the trek down the mountain to share this wonderful new sports court. Some of you will remember that the Deuxieme Plaine Christian Church had record numbers come to Christ after the earthquake; we were there for one service where they baptized 143 people! Thanks to The Creek and Discover for helping this long-time dream to take these locations to Higher Ground become a reality. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Rebuild lives & communities: Together, let's go beyond the surface to help rebuild lives and communities that are "rooted and established in love." Lifeline's Roots initiative is you partnering with a specific, uprooted community where God is restoring hope. When the roots of Jesus' love -- stability, depth, vibrancy, nourishment, purpose, file:///C|/Users/Cheryl/Documents/Slide%20Share%20Documents/render.htm[8/20/2014 10:38:10 AM]
  • 7. belonging -- are planted within, new life begins. Details at www.Lifeline.org/Roots Text Books for Haitian Students About a month ago we put out a plea for text books for our students in our Christian Schools in Haiti. We are re-asking and, for those who can, consider funding You can help one or more classes with books. educate a child We had a good response from individual sponsors but today! we still need a large number of classrooms funded - - - - - - - wherein the students' sponsors were not able to provide books. Text books are $50 per student or In the past students in Haiti just could not afford the $2000 per class text books and Lifeline could not afford to provide them. But if you, our generous donors, would consider funding an entire class of 40 students for $2,000, then we can fill this gap. The students return the books at the end of the year or pay for any lost books. We will reuse the books and anticipate the books lasting a minimum of 3 years, with only a few having to be replaced annually. Also, if you have resources of names of organizations that might grant funds to mission schools, please let us know: Gretchen@Lifeline.org or 614-794-0108. You can be a Part of the Change file:///C|/Users/Cheryl/Documents/Slide%20Share%20Documents/render.htm[8/20/2014 10:38:10 AM]
  • 8. Through your sponsorship, you're sharing God's love to a child involved in Lifeline's ministries in Haiti, Honduras, Navajo Nation, or El Salvador. View children available to sponsor and additional details to begin your sponsorship at www.Lifeline.org/Sponsor. www.Lifeline.org Forward this email This email was sent to missionsrvcs@gmail.com by news@lifeline.org | Update Profile/Email Address | Rapid removal with SafeUnsubscribe™ | Privacy Policy. Lifeline Christian Mission | 921 Eastwind Drive, Suite 133 | Westerville | OH | 43081-3363 file:///C|/Users/Cheryl/Documents/Slide%20Share%20Documents/render.htm[8/20/2014 10:38:10 AM]